by Steve Batko
A fifth-place finish for the Stow-Munroe boys track team was expected in a deep field in the final Western Reserve Conference track and field championships May 10 at Bulldog Stadium.
"I think the WRC went about as well as we expected," said Bulldog coach Mike Drozin.
The standings had Solon (119) winning the crown over Twinsburg (108), Hudson (93.50), Mayfield (83), Stow (82.50) and Cuyahoga Falls (75).
Senior Steve Thompson had a superb WRC meet as Stow prepared for the Ravenna division I district meet, May 16 and May 18. Final results weren't available. The top four finishers in each event moved onto the Austintown Fitch regional.
Thompson won the WRC long jump title with a leap of 20-feet-7.75. He also ran second to Solon star sprinter Jared Butts in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. In the 200, Thompson's time was 22.4 seconds while his 100 clocking was 11.1 seconds, which just edged junior teammate Brad Ziegler.
Both Ziegler and Thompson were expected to challenge for a possible regional berth.
In only the second time Thompson has run the 300 hurdles, the versatile athlete shined at Stow. He placed third with a time of 40.0 seconds.
Also running third in the WRC was the 3,200-meter relay team (8:09.6) of senior Steve Arnold, senior Kyle Herman, sophomore Kyle Quinn, and senior anchor Trevor Yoak.
"Our 3,200 relay team ran well and it looks like they are dropping time at the right time of the season," said Drozin. "Steve Thompson had an awesome meet. He was the leading point scorer of all the boy athletes and competed hard."
Placing fourth and fifth in the high jump was sophomore Anthony Zavodnick (5-10) and junior Eric Saxe (5-8). Another 4-5 finish came in the open 800 with Quinn and Herman, who both had a time of 2:00.9.
Drozin was pleased with a fourth by his 1,600 relay (3:30.63) of sophomore Mike Weitzenhoffer, junior Nevin Nettey, Quinn, and Herman. A fifth was turned in by the 800 relay (1:34.1). This crew included sophomore Chris Dunphy, Nettey, sophomore Noah Enano, and Weitzenhoffer.
According to Drozin, the top chances for the post season are: 3200 relay, Herman and Quinn in the 800, senior James Scott in the discus; Ziegler in the 100, Nettey in the 400, and senior Kyle Downing in the pole vault. Thompson is also a major threat.
Scott placed sixth in the WRC in the discus (131-5), as did Downing (pole vault, 11-6), and the 400 relay (45.3) of sophomore Brian Recktenwald, Enano, sophomore Rick Bailey, and Ziegler.
Senior Kyle Jacoby was eighth in the discus, senior Kevin Archer was eighth in the pole vault, and junior Rob Walker was eighth in the long jump. Yoak was 10th in the 1,600.
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